I think my favorite part of this parenting thing is seeing as the girls start to show affection. For those first few months, it's all going one way. They are showered with kisses, cuddles, hugs, and holding, and they just suck it up and yell for more. It's tiring. And then the smiles come and least, and they seem happy that you're showering them with attention. But now it's actually coming back. Tonight when I lay down with Saoirse to put her to sleep, she was feeling particularly lovey. She put her hand on my face, then played with my hair, then put her hand on the back of my head and pulled my face to hers and kissed me 3 or 4 times. All in an attempt to stay awake a little longer, sure, but still heart-melting.
Also, they show affection to each other. Saoirse is more into this than Rowan is. She tries to hug and kiss Rowan a lot. She rubs her head, lays her head on Rowan's belly when she's lying down. It's adorable. But a lot of the time Rowan doesn't really want to slow down, she doesn't want to be bothered. But tonight in the bathtub Saoirse started rubbing Rowan's head, trying to "wash" her hair. And then Rowan turned to her and put her hands on Saoirse face, and I went to separate them because I assumed that this was turning ugly. But instead Rowan just leaned in and kissed her mouth. Then they spent a minute or so hugging each other and putting their heads together and patting each other. Ridiculously cute. Much cuter than when they bite each other. Unfortunately, also more rare than the biting. But worth having to deal with the biting, I think. (speaking only for myself here)